Let It Ride

An easy to learn poker based game. Let It Ride is a fast paced game where you are required to build winning poker hands.

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Let It Ride is slowly but surely getting there, with over 2000 online casinos hosting the game. Before playing at any casino, do yourself a favor and make sure that the casino makes use of reputable software. This is important, so that you know that your money is in good hands and not in any strange company’s possession.

First, you will need to start find a reputable online casino offering Let It Ride. Try looking for good software developers such as RTG, Microgaming or Playtech, these guys usually offer excellent service! Here is our top five Let It Ride casinos, go ahead … pick one: Bodog Casino, Bovada Casino, Lucky Red Casino, Platinum Play, William Hill.

Follow these easy steps in setting up your casino account to play Let It Ride:

Once you’ve selected your casino, click on the download link. After completing the download, you will need to load the software and sign-up as a real player or as a player, just playing for the fun of it (but where’s the fun in that?). After registering your casino account, you will need to choose a method of depositing money into the casino’s account.

Now comes the fun part! Head off to the games room and select the Table-Games section, since this is the category under which Let It Ride will be found. Select Let It Ride and you will be ready to start playing. Now, wasn’t that easy? Well, if you somehow got stuck somewhere, please don’t hesitate in dropping us a mail and we will be more than happy to assist you, step for step.

How to Play Let It Ride

The game is very simple. It is basically a one-man version of 5 card stud that uses the traditional poker hand rankings. You can only win on your bet if you receive a pair of 10′s or higher.

You will need to make an initial bet, called the Ante. The dealer will deal the first three cards. You will have the option to Raise, and place another bet equal to your Ante, or Continue, and simply receive an additional card without making a bet. After the fourth card is displayed, you will have the same options for the fifth card.

After the fifth card is revealed, your hand will be compared against the payout chart. You will either receive a payout or lose your bet depending on the results.

Before learning a thing or two on our strategy section, let’s take a look at Let It Ride’s payout:

HAND PAYS
Royal Flush – 1000 to 1
Straight Flush – 200 to 1
Four of a Kind – 50 to 1
Full House – 11 to 1
Flush – 8 to 1
Straight – 5 to 1
Three of a Kind – 3 to 1
Two Pairs – 2 to 1
Tens or Better – 1 to 1

Let It Ride Strategy

The actual game-play starts once you’ve received your three cards. By looking at your cards, you will automatically know whether or not they are strong hands. If you lucky enough, you will be dealt “No-Brainers”. These are hands, which don’t require any thinking since they are obvious hands. A good example is receiving three Aces. It is obvious that you have a Three of a kind. Perhaps during further game-play, you will acquire a fourth Ace, giving you a Four of a kind.

Well, in Let It Ride, you will need to learn how to make important decisions in order to win. The reason I say this, is because a careless decision will bring the house’s advantage from an already high 3.5% to a possible 40% or more!

Here are some strategic rules to follow in the following hands you could acquire.

Hands

Pair of tens or higher: With this hand, you have successfully secured a 1-1 payout. The best decision to make is to let all three bets stay. The hand might still improve.

Three of a Kind: With this hand, you have successfully secured a 3-1 payout on all three bests. The best decision to make is to Let It Ride.

Three cards to a Straight Flush: There are various possibilities for winning with this hand. You could win with Straight, Flush, Straight Flush or a winning pair. The best decision to make is to let all three of the bets ride.

Three cards to a Royal Flush: There are various possibilities for winning with this hand. You could win with Straight, Flush, Straight Flush or a winning pair. The best decision to make is to let all three of the bets ride. Just that in this case, you might just stand a chance of winning the big one!

Three cards to a Flush/Possible Straight with two 10 value cards: This is the only one of our hands listed, in which it wouldn’t be a good idea to Let It Ride. Why? The reason for this, is because with three cards, containing a flush or straight, the chances of those two cards remaining is very poor.

Three card Flush with a J, 9, 8, 10, 9, 7 or 10, 8, 7: None of these hands are as strong as the other hands listed, but if you take into thought the possibilities of acquiring a flush, straight, straight flush, or high pair, plus the rare two pair and three of a kind possibilities, then you can be assured that you will have a good chance of winning. The best decision to make here is to let the first bet ride.

K,Q,J or Q,J,10: There are various possibilities for winning with this hand. You could win a High Pair, a Straight Flush, a Two Pair or a Three of a kind with the dealers two cards. Do the right thing and Let It Ride.

If you have any other combinations, you would be wise to simply continue without betting. If at any time you have a pair of 10′s or better, you will automatically raise on the remaining cards.

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Real Money Online Poker

Should the United States allow online poker or show it be illegal? This has been a topic of debate for the past 10 years. The rest of the world doesn’t seem to mind this ubiquitous card game being played for real money on the internet. This is a game that has been played in garages, dining rooms, bars and casinos for decades.

Of course, the major cause for all of this concern is problem gamblers. People that have addictive personalities are going to get addicted to whatever activity that get attached to. This includes all matter of food, drink, drugs, sex, and entertainment. There are people that can’t pull themselves away from a TV, but do we ban the use of TVs in order to prevent the small minority that abuse them. The argument here is that people will rob and steal for money to use on drugs or gambling, but this can be true for other addictions as well. Have you seen how much it costs per month to watch TV?

I’m just using this as a ridiculous example of the idiocy of the laws that have been passed against playing card games for money online. It’s perfectly fine to go to a casino a play poker, but you’re a bad person if you think about playing for money online! Of course, there are people who can’t control themselves and become problem gamblers; but as with people who are addicted to drugs, you aren’t going to solve that by creating a prohibition. People have this funny ability to find ways around the laws.

This entire online poker debate began about a decade ago when a couple of amateur card players won the biggest poker tournament in the world. Everyone was hooked because they saw a chance to make what almost every person in America is addicted to … money! It was too much, too fast. Online poker wasn’t regulated in the United States. These companies operated outside of the United States and the government wasn’t getting its cut of the addiction, I mean money.

So, the government decided to make US real money poker online illegal and the rest is history … right? Well, not so fast. Three states have decided that the federal government was wrong and decided to enact their own legislation to legalize and regulate playing card games for money online. It is currently legal to play online poker in the states of Delaware, New Jersey and Nevada. There is also legislation being discussed and proposed in an additional 10 states.

Why play for money?

This is the ultimate question. Why do we play card games to begin with? Because they are fun … sure. It can be a fun time to play with friends and family. No money needs to be passed amongst each other.

Okay, so why money? I’ll give you an example that I have used in the past. I’m pretty good at playing ping pong, air hockey and other table games like this. When I play my friends that I consider equals, I have a really good time playing these games. However, when I’m playing my 7 year old nephew, I can’t play the same way. And while I like spending the quality time with my relatives, I have to let them win and play down to the competition.

That’s what card games are all about … competition! Same with any sport or activity. You aren’t going to have as much fun if things aren’t competitive. When you’re playing a board game against your friends, you have bragging rights on the line and you want to win. Let’s take that scenario and move it over to the realm of card games.

I played hearts and euchre on Yahoo for years. Why? Because they had a ranking system that allowed you to be competitive and play other people who were around your same talent level. I played online poker up until late in 2010 because playing for money is the ultimate competition. No one wants to lose money. It is an unbelievable incentive to be competitive.

Once I was forced to stop playing poker for money online, I tried play at the “Fun Tables”, which I can guarantee you are anything but fun. It takes my back to playing competitive games against people who either can’t or don’t compete. How many times do you see “All-in” “All-in” “All-in” no matter what cards the other players have? Too many times in my opinion. There is nothing competitive about this; we might as well play “flip a coin” for fun. This is the same reason why I don’t like playing roulette for fun. There is nothing fun about guessing a number without something riding on that guess. Hurray! You win! I win what? Absolutely nothing.

So, to wrap this post up with a bow, I have to get to my overall point. Why is online poker illegal? Is it because we care so much about those people that fall through the cracks and can’t manage to control themselves and their gambling habits? If we care so much, then why do we have the largest prison population in the world? Is it because the government can’t make their money from the online poker websites? No, New Jersey has raked in millions in revenue from legalizing these games.

No the real issue here is government itself. It has to interject on behalf of some special interest that doesn’t like some aspect of something somewhere. It creates archaic laws to legislate our personal freedoms, whether it does so with best intentions in mind or not. And unless we raise our voices and say something about it, they think that it’s a job well done and onto the next issue that isn’t pertinent to our everyday life instead of dealing with the major problems that have surfaced in our society.

Pai Gow Poker: Beating the House

We briefly went over the card game of pai gow poker in a previous post. You can read this post if you would like to learn the basics of the game. This card game is gaining in popularity, especially in the casinos in California.

Pai gow poker is a game that is like all others in the casino in that a lot of luck is involved. The house edge is something that you have to consider because it is telling you your odds of winning any one hand. Knowing the house edge and how to whittle away at it will put you in the best possible position each and every time you sit down to play, whether it is in a brick and mortar casino or an online casino.

Beating the House

How do you beat the house in pai gow poker? Really look at your hand. So many people give the house a better edge because they don’t pay attention to detail. Many players look at their cards and think they see a great combination but they didn’t pay attention to suit or color so when they show their hand they realize they didn’t have a chance of winning against the dealer. Really paying attention to your cards will help you reduce your losses long term.

Next, you need to remember that pairs are always on your side in the game of pai gow poker. Many players assume that high pairs are beneficial for your low hand, but they forget that low pairs, even twos are beneficial. Why is this a good way to beat the house in pai gow poker? It works because statistically speaking your pair, even a low pair, will beat the dealer’s hand. While a pair will not help you win 100% of the time, it will put you at a better advantage than most other combinations of cards.

Another way to have a better chance to beat the house in pai gow poker is to choose to play when you have an Ace King combination. An Ace King combination is almost always worth playing, even if you do not have any other valuable cards. Of course, if you had a pair or a queen and a jack with the Ace and the King this would be even better, but if you have just the two cards you usually can whittle away at that house edge, giving yourself a better chance of winning.

A lot of players will fold even with this combination if the dealer has an Ace. If the dealer has an Ace you need to decide for yourself in the moment whether you believe the hand is worth playing.

These are the best was to beat the house edge in pai gow poker. While there may be other ways that you will develop after playing for some time, these are tried and true strategies that will work for you in any casino, whether you play pai gow poker online or at a casino. You can use one or both options in each game, putting yourself in the best possible position with each hand.

House Way

Part of your decision for splitting up your cards between the high and low hands is knowing what the dealer will do. The dealer doesn’t make decisions. The dealer will use a set of rules call the House Way when deciding what two cards to split. Here are the major rules for the dealer when using the House Way:

If the dealer has no pairs or one pair, the dealer will take the highest ranked two single cards available and split them to the low hand. In regards to the other hands discussed below, low cards are ranked 2 through 6, medium cards are ranked 7 through 10, and high cards are face cards and aces.

Dealer’s hand has two pairs
If the dealer has two pairs that are either medium or low, the pairs will be split up and the lower pair will be placed in the low hand unless the dealer also has a King or Ace available. With a high pair and a low pair, the dealer will split the pairs up unless the dealer also has an Ace.

If the dealer has two high pairs, a high pair and a medium pair, or a pair of aces and any other pair, the pairs will always be split between the two hands.

Dealer’s hand includes a straight or flush
The dealer will not break up the straight or flush in the high hand except when one of the two pair scenarios above are in play. If the dealer has two pair and an Ace, the ace and the next highest ranked single card will be used in the low hand.

Dealer has three pairs
The dealer will always split the highest pair into the low hand.

Dealer has three of a kind
The dealer will always play the three of a kind in the high hand. The lone exception is when the dealer has trip aces and no pairs; then an ace will be split into the low hand.

Dealer has a full house
The only time a full house won’t be split is when the dealer has a pair of 2′s and the dealer also has an Ace/King to play.

Dealer has a four of a kind
A low four of a kind will always be kept in the high hand. A medium four of a kind will be split unless the dealer also has an ace and a face card. A high four of a kind will always be split unless the dealer also contains another medium or high pair.

HORSE Poker

The game of HORSE does not refer to the basketball game where people take turns picking spots to shoot from. It also doesn’t involve the actual horses that race around the track. The HORSE card game is a version of poker that is played at a lot of the online poker rooms. It is a combination of five different poker games in one competition: Texas Hold’em, Omaha Eights or Better (Hi/Lo) (also OmahA Poker in some versions), Razz, Seven Card Stud, Seven Card Stud Eights or Better.

This is one version of several different combination poker games. There are also other forms such as HOSE, RASH, HAR, HA and HO. Each individual game is played for a set amount of time or hands. You may choose to change games every 10 minutes, or you can choose to change games once the cards have gone around the table.

The games are played in order. For example, any of these games that start with an “H” will start with Texas Hold’em. If the next letter in the game is “O”, than the game will change to Omaha Hi/Lo once it’s time to change games. The games continue to cycle in order until it’s time to switch back to the first letter in the game.

Any of the variations of the card game HORSE will only work well with more than 6 players. Ideally, you would like to start with 7 players at a table. The reason for this is because of the O and E letters in the game. Omaha Hi/Lo and Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo are both split pot games. That means that 2 players can potentially win half of the chips in each hand. There can’t be more than 7 players because the 7 card poker games require that 7 cards can be dealt to each player.

Let’s quickly go over the different poker games that are in the combination poker games.

Poker Games

Texas Holdem

Texas Holdem is the most popular poker game since the late 1990′s. It is fairly ubiquitous. Each player will receive 2 cards. The first two people that the dealer deals to will put up the blinds and will automatically be in the hand. Every other player has the option to fold, call, or raise before any other cards are shown. The bet goes around until every player left has put the same amount of chips in the pot.

The flop is shown. This is three cards that are shown in a row. There is a card that the dealer “burns”, or throws away before the flop is shown. There is a round of betting. Then, another card is burned and the 4th card, or turn, is shown. After another round of betting, a card is burned and the 5th card, or river, is shown. One last round of betting ensues and there is a showdown between the remaining players.

Traditional poker hand rankings are used in Texas Hold’em. The hand isn’t required to go to the showdown. At any time, if there is only one player left, that person wins the hand and no other cards needs to be dealt.

Omaha Poker

Omaha is another poker game with community cards, or cards shared amongst everyone. The game proceeds in the same fashion as Texas Hold’em. The main difference is that each player will receive 4 cards before any community cards are shown.

One big rule that anyone who plays Omaha should know is that you can only use 2 of the 4 cards in your hand, and you have to use 2 of the 4 cards in your hand. You have to use 2 cards from your hand and 3 of the 5 community cards to make your final hand.

The game consists of the flop, turn, river stages and a final showdown for all players that are still in the hand. Traditional poker hand rankings are used to determine the winner.

Omaha Eights or Better

This game is the exact same as Omaha Poker with one exception. It is a split pot game that always has a high hand, which uses the traditional poker hand rankings; but it also has the possibility of a low hand.

The low hand is 5 cards that are ranked 8 or lower with no pairs. The best possible hand is Ace-2-3-4-5 as straights or flushes do not count against the low hand. The low hand doesn’t necessarily have to occur in a hand of Omaha Hi/Lo. It will only be available if three of the community cards are ranked 8 or less without a pair.

The person that wins the high hand can also win the low hand. You do not have to use the same 2 cards for both hands. You can win the high hand with 2 cards and low hand with the 2 separate cards. If one player wins the high hand and one player wins the low hand, the pot is split in half. If two players have the same low hand, the half of the pot is split between the two players.

Be careful when someone begins betting once the low hand qualifies. If a player has the lowest possible hand, they cannot lose and will continue to bet when possible.

Razz

Razz is the low version of seven card stud. Pairs count against the player. The Ace is low and the King is the highest card. A person with no pairs beats someone that has a pair. A person with a pair of 2′s beats a person with a pair of 3′s. A person with a pair beats a person with two pairs or a three of a kind. Straights and flushes are ignored.

If two people have no pairs, the seven cards are compared. The person with the lowest high card will win. It is similar, but opposite, to the winner that has a higher flush. If one person’s highest ranked card is a King and the other person’s highest ranked card is a Queen, the person with a Queen automatically wins; the other cards don’t matter.

As in 7 card stud, only the best 5 cards are used to complete the hand. The best possible hand in Razz is Ace-2-3-4-5.

Play begins with each player receiving two cards down and one card up. A round of betting ensues. A single card is dealt and there is a round of betting after each card is dealt. The game ends when the remaining players have 7 cards and each player has bet the same amount. When this happens, the hand goes to a showdown.

Seven Card Stud

Seven Card Stud is a poker game where each player receives seven cards. There are no community cards. The game begins with each player receiving two cards face down and one card face up. This game was the most popular poker game before Texas Hold’em took over.

There is a round of betting after the first card is dealt up to each player. After each round of betting, another card is flipped up for each player. There are 5 rounds of betting, including the final bet before the showdown. Player will only use the 5 best cards to make their hand. Traditional poker hand rankings are used for the 5 cards to determine the winner.

Seven Card Stud Hi/Lo

This game is the same as Seven Card Stud, but with the Hi/Lo split pot feature. The low hand can only be won if the player has 5 cards ranked 8 or lower without any pairs. Again, the best possible low hand is Ace-2-3-4-5. If no player has a low hand, only the high hand winner will win the pot.

Casino Card Games

There are several different card games that you can play at a casino besides blackjack. Some of these games can be found at any casino you go to; other are more obscure and can only be found in specific places or websites. This article will go over the basic rules for three of these games: Caribbean Stud, Pai Gow Poker and Three Card Poker.

Caribbean Stud

caribbean-stud-pokerCaribbean stud poker is a simpler form of poker. The basic motive for a Caribbean Stud Poker player is playing against the dealer, and beating him.

You need to place a bet for starting the hand. Once the Progressive bets, if any, and Ante are placed, all poker Players and so also the Dealer are dealt 5 cards each. The cards of the players are dealt face down.

The Dealer then places 4 of his playing cards – face down. One is placed face up. Now, players can look at their cards, and also at the Dealer’s only face up card.

Once you look at the Dealer’s only face up card, re-look at your cards to decide their relative strength. Of course, you cannot take too long to make a decision.

The game continues if you make the “call” bet. Placing your cards on the table indicates to the Dealer the fact that you have given up on this hand.

The Dealer’s hand ought to comprise at least a poker hand of an Ace and King ranking. If the dealer cards do not comprise the minimum hand then the dealer folds. At this point of time, poker players who are left in the fray, get 1:1 odds on Ante bet. Their secondary bet though is returned with no extra money.

If the Dealer’s hand happens to comprise at least a King and Ace, then the dealer ought to play the hand against all remaining players.

The winning position is decided on basis of traditional poker hand rankings. If your hand happens to beat that of the Dealer’s then you win even money on your Ante bet.

For your secondary bet, the odds are as follows: Pair pays 1:1; Two Pair pays 2:1; 3 of a Kind pays 3:1; Straight pays 4:1; Flush pays 5:1; Full House pays 7:1; 4 of a Kind pays 20:1; Straight Flush pays 50:1; Royal Flush pays 100:1.

If the Dealer beat your hand, you automatically lose your Ante and secondary bets. On the other hand, if you’ve placed a Progressive bet and are dealt a flush, full house, four-of-a-kind, straight flush or royal flush, you win the Progressive Jackpot even if you happen to lose to the Dealer.

Pai Gow Poker

pai-gow-pokerPai Gow Poker is a card game where 7 cards are dealt to each player that is participating. In the traditional casino game, each player can take a turn being the dealer. This person will be playing their hands against the rest of the players.

At many casinos and online casinos, however, the dealer is a permanent fixture and the other players play solely against them.

When you receive the 7 cards from the dealer, you must split these cards up into a 5-card hand, called the high hand, and a 2-card hand, called the low hand. Traditional poker rankings apply to both hands.

The high hand must always be able to beat the low hand. This means that you cannot have a pair in the low hand without having a higher ranking pair or greater in your high hand. If you do not have a pair, the highest ranking card in your hand must stay in the 5-card hand.

If a player is the dealer, they may split their hand anyway they see fit. However, if the dealer is a casino employee or a computer program, the dealer must split their hand according to the “House Way”. This is a predetermined set of rules for how the two hands must be split.

Once both sides have split their hands, the dealer’s high hand is compared against the player’s high hand and the dealer’s low hand is compared to the player’s low hand. The result can either be the dealer winning both hands and taking the player’s bet, the player winning both hands and getting paid 95% of their wager (5% goes towards commission), or the game is a split when both sides win one hand.

There are a couple of special rules to the game. 1) The dealer wins all “copy” hands, or those hands which are identical. 2) There is a joker in the deck of cards. This card can be used to complete a flush or straight; otherwise, it is the rank of an Ace. 3) The “wheel” (Ace, 2, 3, 4, 5) is the second highest straight next to a royal straight (Ace, King, Queen, Jack, 10).

Three Card Poker

three-card-pokerThree Card Poker is a card game that is played between one or more players and a dealer. The player will need to place an Ante wager before they can receive their cards. This game is similar to Caribbean Stud in several ways.

The player must determine whether to place a second bet (called a raise) in order to play against the dealer’s hand. The other option is for the player to fold and forfeit the Ante wager.

Once a player decides to place a raise bet, the player’s cards are compared to the dealer’s cards. The dealer must have a Queen high or greater in order to qualify for the hand. If the dealer does not qualify, only the Ante wager is payed.

The hand rankings in three card poker are as follows: Straight Flush (3 consecutively ranked cards of the same suit), 3 of a kind, straight, flush, pair, high card. You will receive an Ante bonus payout if you receive a straight (1:1), 3 of a kind (4:1) or straight flush (5:1).

In the event of a duplicate hand, the wagers are pushed and neither win nor lose.

There is also a Pairs Plus optional bet that can be placed by the player before the hand is dealt. If the player receives a pair or higher, they will win the Pairs Plus bet. The payouts for the pair plus is as follows: Straight flush (40:1); 3 of a kind (30:1), straight (6:1) flush (4:1), pair (1:1).

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Blackjack Card Games

blackjack-card-gameBlackjack isn’t simply a single card game. It is includes multiple card games that are very similar to each other. There are slight differences in the rules between these games that makes them fun to play. This article will go over the main types of blackjack games that are available.

Before we get into the different games, let’s go over the basics that are available with all blackjack card games. These games are played between a dealer and one or more players. Each participant will receive two cards to start. The dealer will have one of the two cards showing. Each card is assigned a number value, with the card’s rank being assigned this value for cards 2 through 10. The Jack, Queen, and King are also ranked 10. The Ace can either be ranked 1 or 11.

The objective of blackjack is to receive a card total as close to 21 as possible without going over. If you go over the total of 21, you bust and will automatically lose the hand. If you do not go over 21, your hand will be compared to the dealer’s hand. If the dealer’s has a higher total than you, the dealer will win the hand; if you have a higher total than the dealer, you will win the hand. If the total of both hands are the same, you will push and neither side will win.

The blackjack is received when the player or dealer has a two card total of 21. This involves having an Ace and a card with a value of 10 (10, Jack, Queen, King). If the player has a blackjack, they automatically win unless the dealer has a blackjack. If the dealer receives a blackjack, the player automatically loses unless they also have a blackjack. If both dealer and player receives a blackjack, the two hands push.

If neither have a blackjack, the player gets to choose whether to take another card, or hit, or not take another card, or stand. You can continue to take additional cards until you are satisfied with your total or bust.

There are additional moves that can be made in blackjack. This includes the double down and the split. The double down is made when you place an additional bet in order to receive one additional card. This is most often done when you have a two card total of 10 or 11. The split is made when you have two cards of the same value; you will place a second bet and create two hands to play.

Other available moves are less common. This includes insurance and surrendering. Insurance is offered by the dealer when the dealer is showing an Ace. You can place a bet that is half of the size of your wager that the dealer has a blackjack. If the dealer has blackjack, you will win the insurance bet which results in a net push. Surrendering is when the player concedes the hand and takes half of the wager back. This option may or may not be offered.

A Soft total is a hand that cannot bust because it includes an Ace that is acting as an 11. A Hard total is a hand that doesn’t have an Ace or the Ace is acting as a 1 in the total.

Different Blackjack Games

First, there is the traditional blackjack game that most people are used to playing. This is generally referred to as Vegas Strip blackjack. It is the blackjack game that is played at a majority of the casinos in the United States, as well as the majority of online casinos.

Vegas Strip Blackjack – Blackjack pays 3 to 2 on your wager. The dealer will offer insurance. The dealer will peek when showing a 10 or Ace card to check for blackjack. The game is played with four 52 card decks. The dealer must stand on all 17s. Players can double down on any two cards. Players can double down after a split. Players can split 3 times total per hand dealt. Aces can only be split once and only one card is dealt to split Aces. Surrendering is not available.

Vegas Downtown Blackjack – Same as Vegas Strip with the following differences: Played with two 52 card decks. The dealer must hit with Soft 17.

Atlantic City Blackjack – This is the same as Vegas Strip with the following differences: Played with eight 52 card decks. Players can split one time per hand dealt. Surrendering is available.

Single Deck Blackjack – The same as Vegas Strip Blackjack with the following differences: Played with a single 52 card deck. The dealer must hit with Soft 17.

European Blackjack – The dealer does not receive his second “hole” card until after the player acts. Players can only double down with a two card total of 9, 10 or 11. Surrendering is available. Insurance is available, but isn’t determined until the dealer takes the second card.

Unique Blackjack Games

Double Exposure – Both of the dealer’s cards are face up. The dealer will stand on all 17s. Blackjacks pay even money (1 to 1) and will win against a dealer’s 21. The dealer wins all ties (no push), except for Blackjack.

Spanish Blackjack – All 10′s are removed from the deck (48 card deck). Played with 8 decks of cards. The dealer will hit Soft 17. Player Blackjack or 21 will beat a dealer Blackjack or 21. Surrendering is available. You can double down once at any time (even after a hit). Re-double down once. Surrender after doubling down. Double down after split available. A pair of Aces can be hit or double down after a split and also can be re-split.

(Spanish cont) 5 card 21 pays 3 to 2. 6 card 21 pays 2 to 1. 7 or more card 21 pays 3 to 1. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 mixed suit pays 3 to 2. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 same suit pays 2 to 1. 6-7-8 or 7-7-7 of spades pays 3 to 1. Suited 7-7-7 when dealer has 7 face up pays 50 to 1.

Super Fun 21 – Blackjack pays even money. Dealer has to hit Soft 17. Player’s Blackjack will always beat dealer’s blackjack. You can double down once at any time. You can surrender at any time. A Diamond Blackjack (both cards diamonds suit) pays 2 to 1. A 5 or 6 card 21 pays 2 to 1. Receive 6 cards without busting and you automatically win.

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If you would like to play any or all of these blackjack games, you can do so at Slots.lv. The names are slightly changed because many of them are trademarked: Vegas Strip = 21 Blackjack; Vegas Downtown = Double Deck Blackjack; Double Exposure = Face Up 21; Spanish Blackjack = Match Play 21; Super Fun 21 = Super 21.